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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

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After undergoing a complete remake in 2007, the most popular full-size SUV in America, the Chevrolet Tahoe, arrives largely unchanged for 2008. The extensive re-design included improved chassis and steering, a quieter, more upscale interior and segment-leading fuel economy thanks to the new line of Active Fuel Management-equipped V8 engines and, later this year, the introduction of a new hybrid model that promises a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy over the standard Tahoe. As the bestselling full-size SUV since the previous redesign in 2001, the Tahoe has long had a lot going for it, including top rankings in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey. Despite the slightly conservative exterior styling, the Tahoe is still handsome, and its ride quality and overall responsiveness have never been better.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you have a number of children, tow a boat or horse trailer and like the feel of a substantial V8-powered vehicle, the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe could be just the ticket. Another plus: The Tahoe's powerful V8 engines offer Active Fuel Management technology and many are E85-ready.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Our one quibble with the Tahoe is the necessity to remove and store the third-row seats to gain maximum cargo room. But the new seats are easier to handle and come in two- and three-passenger configurations.

What's New for 2008

Chevrolet introduces the world's first full-size hybrid SUV. The system features GM's 2-Mode hybrid drive system teamed to a 6.0-liter V8 featuring Active Fuel Management. Also new are standard head curtain side-impact airbags on all models.

Driving the Tahoe

Driving Impressions GM's latest full-size SUV platform gives the 2008 Tahoe a markedly better ride-and-handling combination than its predecessors. The fully-boxed frame (for more chassis stiffness), coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering...

result in a surprisingly maneuverable and tractable vehicle. We were also struck by the Tahoe's quiet cabin and its inviting, upscale interior. The 5.3-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management puts its 320 horsepower right at your command thanks to a wide torque curve, and you never notice when the engine switches between eight- and four-cylinder operation. By using this technical wizardry, the two-wheel-drive version of the Tahoe achieves a 20-mpg EPA highway mileage rating, which is best in the class. The two-wheel-drive Tahoe LT is tow-rated at 7,200 pounds, while the four-wheel drive is rated at a stout 7,700 pounds. We also praise the fact that Chevrolet has made its StabiliTrak electronic stability control system standard on the Tahoe, because it is potentially life-saving technology that can significantly reduce single-vehicle accidents. Additional new safety features include roof-mounted head-curtain side-impact airbags with rollover protection.

Smooth, quiet ride
With its new frame, suspension and steering system---plus additional sound dampening---the Tahoe offers a luxury-car-like ride.

Active Fuel Management
Helping you have your cake and eat it too, the Active Fuel Management system, which cuts the operation of four cylinders when they are unneeded, enhances fuel economy.

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Details
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe photo Interior

The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe has definitely moved up a notch or two when it comes to interior refinement and luxury, as befitting a vehicle that can cost $40,000 or more. Leading the list of features is the clever power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat. This makes gaining access to the third row of seating as simple as pushing a button, as the seat immediately folds out of your way. Heated second-row seats are also available (why make the kids second-class citizens?), and other niceties include sonar-based rear parking assist, rearview camera parking assist and touchscreen-operated navigation system. The instrument panel with LED backlighting is fit for a luxury sedan.

Exterior

The face of the Chevrolet Tahoe is its most distinctive exterior feature. The latest design features a twin-port horizontal grille with a bold Chevrolet "bow tie" in the center. The flared fenders, power bulge on the hood and large wheels and tires (up to 20 inches in diameter) speak to an understated but substantial presence on the road. The steeply-angled windshield, wraparound fascia and faired-in headlights help contribute to a best-in-segment 0.363 coefficient of drag, which translates into enhanced fuel economy. Even though the Tahoe is both long (202 inches) and wide (79 inches), it is still easy to handle and park.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

There are four trim levels---LS, LT, LTZ and Hybrid, with the LT level further divided into LT1, LT2 and LT3---and that means the vehicle can be configured from well-equipped to super-luxurious. Even the LS model includes dual-zone manual air conditioning, anti-lock brakes (ABS), cruise control, head curtain side-impact airbags six-way power driver's seat, StabiliTrak stability control system and tire-pressure monitoring system. The LT group adds (depending upon LT1, LT2 or LT3) tri-zone automatic air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starter, leather seats, audio system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability, ultrasonic rear parking assist and universal garage door opener. Stepping up to the LTZ trim adds 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated second-row seats with power release, heated windshield washer fluid system, locking rear differential, power liftgate, RainSense intermittent front wipers, split-bench two-passenger third-row seats and Autoride rear air-assisted load-leveling.

Optional Equipment

The three trim levels should allow you to get the equipment level you need, but the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe can also be "optioned up" in a wide variety of ways. Among key options are an engine-block heater, cross rails for the standard luggage rack (to make it functional), rear-seat entertainment center with DVD player, roof-mounted head-curtain airbags, Z71 Off-Road Package, FlexFuel E85-capable engines, Bose premium nine-speaker sound system, rearview camera system and a navigation/radio that includes CD and MP3 compatibility. A choice of two- and four-wheel-drive models and a variety of axle ratios are also offered.

Under the Hood

While we expect the 4.8-liter V8 to be more than adequate for most driving, we recommend either the 5.3-liter or 6.0-liter V8 engines. They offer significantly more power and torque (pulling force) with very little penalty in fuel economy.

4.8-liter V8
295 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
305 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19

5.3-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20(2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD, Gasoline), 11/15 (2WD, E85), 14/19 (4W, Gasoline), 11/14 (4WD, E85)

6.0-liter V8 Hybrid
332 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
367 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/22 (2WD), 20/20 (4WD)

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 541 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best vehicles I have owned will buy again

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "07 LTZ is a functional and capable delux SUV."

Cons: "Absolutely none!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have owned 82,97,2011 and the 2007. Love all! I tow a 4000lb++ boat, tows at high speed. and above 55 on extreme mountain roads. Combined mileage non- towing is 24. 12-14 towing. Goes like a tank in snow/ice. I only plow my steep driveway if over 18 inches accumulates. Thanks for the pricing assistance"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Not the same old 3.5 L engine

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Really the best travel car I have found"

Cons: "Chevy quality and reliability have nose dived"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I love Chevys but this Tahoe broke down after 150,000 miles and my mechanic was clueless. After putting a new jaspers engine in it had the same problem (using way too much oil) until a mechanic in Arkansas finally told me that the valve covers had to be replaced. I nearly ruined another engine for the price of a $100 part but none of my earlier Tahoes ever had such a problem. The mechanic told me that in his oppinion, the newer Chevys were built to wear out after 150,000 miles. This was certainly my experience."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great SUV

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very smooth ride, good MPG for a full size SUV"

Cons: "No automatic updating phone directory"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this 2014 LTZ Tahoe, to replace my 2004 LS, and man what a difference, first of all it has the White Diamond tri coat paint, with the upgraded chrome wheels and it looks real classy. The 5.3 has lots of power,and for a full size SUV,I am averaging 17.3 miles per gallon. The seats are very comfortable, and the air ride suspension, makes most of the bumps in the road disappear. The blind spot warning feature is very handy. My only disappointment is, with the Bluetooth system, it doesn't have an automatic phone contact list that my 2014 Malibu has,and a lot of times in area's where I have never had a problem, it suddenly drops the call, but I can live with that. overall I really love this SUV, it looks classy and rides great."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great towing vehicle

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fuel savings"

Cons: "no longer made"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"When I went looking for a SUV that could tow over 5000LB, I found that the Hybrid not only could offer 360 LB of torque, (Suburban 2500 has 380 LBS)but could maintain 20-21 MPG when not towing. nothing compares to the AC, it has a 480 VAC refrigeration compressor that can take 110 degree cabin temperature to 65 degrees in 8 minutes. No other full size comes close..."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good looks with respectable power & handling

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, Performance, Handling, Utility, Interior."

Cons: "Dealership Service Dept. Training"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Always gets comments

"Reliable with few small problems. (However REAR MAIN SEAL replaced under warranty). Chevy's fix for a poorly designed hot water heater (for the windshield washer) burned up a few Tahoes. Chevy finally had all of water heaters disconnected and gave owners a small $200 credit on a new Tahoe. Not a classy high point in Chevy history. However, overall I'm glad I bought this vehicle. It holds the grand kids safely. It also looks, rides and handles well."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Always gets comments

Best vehicle ever

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of bells & whistles, comfortable,fun 2 drive!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"fell in love with this 2013 Tahoe LTZ at first sight! Test drive and condition of vehicle was excellent! Dealer was generous and offered under BB! Driving it everyday in pure comfort! No problems at all! I got the best deal for a luxurious suv!"

8 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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